Economic Council Announces Dwyer Finalists, Including Several Locals

The Economic Council of Palm Beach County recently announced the 31 finalists for the 35th annual William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education.

The award recipients will be announced and honored, along with all finalists, nominees and past recipients, at the Dwyer Awards ceremony, presented by the Hanley Foundation, on Wednesday, May 15 in Dreyfoos Hall at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

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The Dwyer Awards, an annual program developed and supported by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation, honors outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County, increases awareness of the exemplary teaching in the community, supports educators with financial awards and encourages all residents to promote high standards for excellence in education.

Among the honorees are several from schools in the western communities, including Kathy Zangen of Binks Forest in Elementary Education; Daniella Boyd of Royal Palm Beach High School in High School Education; Toni Pilla of Royal Palm Beach High School in Special Programs; Heather Grove of Osceola Creek Middle School, Margarette Marturano of Seminole Ridge High School and Tracy Sheppard of Elbridge Gale Elementary School in STEM; and Stacy Critchlow of Seminole Ridge High School and Karen Epstein of Wellington Landings Middle School in Career Education.

The 2019 Dwyer Awards thank presenting sponsor the Hanley Foundation; excellence sponsors Gunster and Pratt & Whitney; award presentation sponsors Comcast, FPL, PNC Bank, The Palm Beach Post and UnitedHealthcare; finalist reception sponsor SBA Communications Corporation; staging sponsor the Elmore Family Foundation; knowledge sponsors Blue Ocean Capital, Keiser University and Vecellio Group Inc.; creativity sponsors CareerSource Palm Beach County, Duffy’s Sports Grill, Oxbow Carbon, Palm Beach Atlantic University, the Palm Beach State College Foundation, Perry & Taylor PA, PNC, Shutts & Bowen LLP, the Breakers, the Weitz Company; Teacher Student Sponsors Bank of America, Dr. Dennis Gallon, Lyrae Group and Urban Design Kilday Studios; and television media sponsor WPBF 25.

Established in 1975, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports an open and collaborative relationship between the public and private sectors in Palm Beach County.

Membership of the council is comprised of a diverse mix of different industries of varying sizes in the area whose leaders have an active and influential role in the community.

The Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the council.

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